During the first part of the week, Class 3 became journalists! We looked at the main features of a newspaper article and then wrote our own based on our African predador visit last week. This had to be written in the past tense so we have been polishing up on our past tense verbs and have realised how tricky our own language can be. We have also written another narrative this week about a tiger in the jungle. We used a clip from WWF to inspire us and this has led us to the idea that we would like to adopt a tiger. We need to raise £20 as a class and the children have come up with some fantastic ideas. So watch this space! Today for our GPS we have been researching collective nouns. The children made a fantastic collage of a hippo using images of predators from National Geographic magazine. The collective noun for a group of hippo is a bloat but we discovered so many more which we have added to a display in the class room.
Column subtractions kings and queens! We can now 'swap/rename' through the tens and the hundreds. Today we had a real challenge of having to rename across the tens and into the hundreds with the sum 607 - 89. We will continue this on Monday but I will attach some practise that all children should be able to do with ease.
Spellings for Monday are: know, knew, knowing, knight, knocked
I hope you have a lovely weekend....I wonder if anyone will be putting up their Christmas tree? Or are you waiting for 1st December?!
Friday 13th marks the end of a super day and week in Class 3. It has been lovely to see the children dressed up in sports gear today. Obviously, we started the day by joining Joe Wicks in the last 20 minutes of his 24 hour challenge. We had so much fun!
In numeracy this week we have been working on subtraction and today we started column subtraction. I have attached some questions for you to look at with your child at home. Please note we have not yet started renaming (borrowing for my generation) and we will do this next week so there is no need for you to do this at home. Once again, please feel free to mark these yourself and you do not need to print the questions out. However, I always encourage the children to write their columns very neatly to make the process easier.
In Literacy, the children have written some excellent narratives this week which are on display as final copies in the classroom. I am so pleased with the way their writing is improving and all of the children managed to include similes and at least one expanded noun phrase, our GPS focus this week.
We have been very busy with our topic - a particular emphasis on birds of prey. Today, we had a visit via Zoom from Jasmine's dad who talked to us about African predators. Who knew that the collective noun for a group of giraffe is 'tower' ? We have also started making models of birds of prey - I am blown away by the Design & Technology skills in the class.
Spellings for Monday are: write, wrote, written, wrapping, wrapped
Have a lovely weekend.
Welcome back to Term 2. It has been lovely to welcome the children back in to class, all looking very rested after the half term break.
We have started our new topic Predator. This week we have been looking at the deadliest creatures on earth and discovered that the mosquito is the most dangerous creature to humans. We have been creating food chains, exploring the three food groups herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. With this, we found it hard to decide which group some animals belong to. However, by using the ipads, we researched different animals through National Geographic. I really recommend this website as the images are amazing and the facts too. Perhaps your child may enjoy exploring it further over the weekend. They could create a little fact file about a chosen animal if they would like to which they are welcome to bring to school when they finish. This could be handwritten or typed.
In Maths we have been column addition superstars! Following on from the year 2 programme of study where pupils were starting to rename (carry on for those in my generation!) we have been adding 3 digit numbers together using a column. Today, we began to rename and the children all did really well. They loved it so much that I have attached some extra work below that they could look at over the weekend. Please feel free to mark this yourselves but email me if you think your child has any issues with it. You don’t need to print it out if this doesn’t work for you but I hope you will enjoy watching your child doing their maths as it was such a pleasure for me to see.
In Literacy, we have been studying similes and the class have been creating some super versions of their own. To tie in with Remembrance, we watched the very moving clip ‘Poppies’ and have started to write a creative piece of writing about the rabbit in the poppy field. We will continue this next week.
Spellings for this week are:
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Friday 16th October
I would like to congratulate all the children for making it to the end of Term 1 in class 3. When I reflect back on the last six weeks, it feels as we have been together for months and months. I am so proud of how hard all the children have worked and they really do deserve a relaxing half term break.
Today has been a very special day in class as we have celebrated all the heroes in your families. The range has been phenomenal and everyone presented their story so beautifully. I was totally blown away as it really isn’t easy standing up in front of the class.
In other news, we have been looking at addition and subtraction in maths and number families. We also had fantastic fun reading and reciting poetry and next term we will start writing our own.
Thank you all for all
9th October 2020
A fabulous week in class which included our socially distanced Harvest Festival. Year 3 sang their hearts out and performed a brilliant dance to 'Have you heard the raindrops?' A proud teacher moment!
Thank you to all of you who joined me on Wednesday for parent consultations. I look forward to chatting with others next Wednesday.
In maths this week we have been counting in 4s and 8s but not just in times table fashion. Children have been completing number sequences such as 192, 196, ? ,204 and 300, ?, 284, 276. Challenging to say the least but they have all been doing so well. We have used a 100 square to really help us as well as hundreds, tens and ones counters.
This week, the children have been writing a creative narrative using their own superhero and villain. We have worked really hard on successful story openings and the importance of thinking about the ending. I am really looking forward to reading their finished stories over the weekend. We have also been finishing off our Publisher document all about Henry VIII.
In topic, we have been learning about Nelson Mandela which has been stirred lots of interesting discussion in class.
As next week is the last week of term, I will not be setting any new spelling learning. A reminder that the spelling test on Monday will be boxes, foxes, buses, glasses and dresses.
Have a lovely weekend
Friday 2nd October
Firstly, a big thank you to Sue Skinner who has kindly recorded readings of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and uploaded them to our class page. We thought your child may enjoy having a listen to another voice which isn’t mine! We are nearing the end of the book in class and the children have all been gripped by the story which I have really enjoyed reading to them.
It has been a busy week in the classroom with a noticeable change in climate. Thank you for sending your children in with their coats. Please note winter uniform is compulsory for all children from Monday 5th October.
In Maths we have been ordering 3 digit numbers, counting in 50s up to 1000 and looking at 1 more/ less 10 more/ less than a 3 digit number. The children have been using equipment in class to help them make really pleasing progress and visualise the change, especially when bridging the gap into a new hundreds number eg 10 more than 99 and 10 less than 405.
In Literacy we have been exploring verbs with plenty of action games to help! The children are working on expanding their vocabulary by using alternative verbs in their written work. We have started writing a fact file on King Henry Viii using Publisher on the laptops. Not only has this tested our computing skills, we have also included headings, subheadings and bullet points. If you have any non fiction books which include these, please do point them out to your child.
In topic work, we have been finishing off Henry VIII week. The children have been learning about chronological order, plotting dates on a time line. They have also researched Henry’s 6 wives and created a set of Top Trump cards which they enjoyed playing in class with friends. It was lovely to observe the children enjoy their time tucking into a range of books from the library, finding out many historical facts along the way.
The class has been busy getting ready for Harvest Festival which takes place next Wednesday. They have choreographed their own dance while singing....watch this space with details on how to watch the festival online.
A reminder that spellings for Monday’s test are: table, little, middle, apple, bottle
New spellings for next week are: foxes, boxes, buses, glasses, dresses (we will be doing lots of work on plural nouns)
Have a great weekend
It is already the end of Week 4 and it has been another busy week in class.
I was so proud that every child got all their spellings correct in the test this week. Very well done. In Literacy we have been learning how to respond fully to a question by including the question in their answer. We have also been looking at diary writing and the children wrote a diary entry by Florence Nightingale which they then published onto tea stained paper - both stunning and authentic.
In numeracy we have been continuing to build knowledge on using 3 digit numbers. This week we have been comparing 3 digit numbers and have learnt to look at the hundreds column to help us do this. Eg when comparing 667 and 525 the hundreds column is the only column that will help but when comparing 345 and 389 then we need to consider the tens column. We have been playing lots of games and completed Singapore Maths to help support this. We have also started to revisit 2s 5s and 10 times table but really trying to understand what they mean rather than just counting 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 etc.
Thank you for sending trainers in today. We went for a 15 minute jog between lessons. It would be wonderful if the children could have a pair of trainers with them in school every day if at all possible.
A reminder that the spelling test on Monday will be brain, faint, praise, afraid and straight
Next week the spellings will be table, middle, apple, little, bottle
Have a lovely weekend
Friday 18th September
It's the end of a busy but fantastic week in class.
Firstly, thank you to all those who could join the Curriculum Meeting on Wednesday. I am so sorry once again for the technical difficulties but I hope you found the meeting useful.
In Literacy this week we have been exploring character traits both positive and negative. The children have ben learning about first and third person and wrote a letter from Charlie Bucket to Willy Wonka in first person, to explain how excited he is about visiting the chocolate factory. We are still really enjoying reading the book in class and this resulted in a very exciting Roald Dahl day. I hope you all liked the Willy Wonka hats and Wonka bars! Today we have written up our Wonka bar science experiment - behind all fun there is learning! We have been discussing different states and how these can be reversed. This is exactly how we made the Wonka bars - changing state from solid to liquid and then back to a solid again.
In maths, we have continued with place value working with hundreds, tens and ones. We have been using the part, part, part whole model to help partition 3 digit numbers.
A reminder that children will be tested on Monday on the following spellings: they, grey, obey, disobey prey
Spellings for next week will be yet another 'ai' sound: straight, brain, faint, praise, afraid.
Have a lovely weekend
9th September 2020
We have reached the end of week 2 and the children have been fantastic despite quite a few bad colds in the class.
This week, we have been working through assessments in maths, reading and spelling. This will help me assess whether there are any gaps in their learning and plan my lessons accordingly. All the children have given their best effort and I am now looking forward to pressing on with some teaching and learning!
In maths, many of the children find it difficult when a number is missing from a different place in a number sentence eg: 3 + ? = 5 or ? + 2 = 5 This is the start of algebra! They have only been used to 3 + 2 = so we have been working on cracking Mrs Glover's codes this week and they have made great progress. This might be something you might like to practise at home.
We have continued to look at heroes and villains - this week's villain has been Creulla de Vil. The children wrote a formal letter to Cruella commanding that she stops being cruel to the dalmations. They certainly have some very strong opinions!
A reminder that on Monday, children will be tested on their spellings which are: eight, eighty, eighth, weight, neighbour
Next week's spellings will be: they, obey, disobey, grey, prey and they will be tested on Monday 20th September.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing those that can at our Curriculum Meeting via zoom on Wednesday at 1:30.
Welcome to Class 3
A very warm welcome to Class 3. It has been an absolute delight getting to know all your children this week. Everyone has returned to school in such a happy manner and there has been a really positive vibe all week in class. It is brilliant to have all the back on site. This week we have spent some time getting to know the new routines which children have picked up quickly.
In Literacy, we have started reading our new book Charlie and the Chocolate factory which has created lots of great discussion. We also read Michael Rosen's poem 'Chocolate Cake' which is hilarious. The children are enjoying writing with their pens - a big thank you to you all for sending them in so quickly. Next week, we will start introducing weekly spellings. We learn 5 spellings a week which we practise each day in class in a fun and interesting way. All the children should now have a reading book. If possible could this be sent to class each day. Thank you.
In maths we have been revisiting addition through Snakes and Ladders and today we started Singapore Maths counting in 100s to 1000.
Next week, we will be running assessments throughout the school so we really can gauge where each child is and where the gaps are.
Date for the diary- Wednesday 16th September at 1:30... a Zoom Curriculum meeting where I will talk through the Year 3 curriculum and my plans for the year ahead. If you are not able to join, I will email you the notes. Details with Zoom ID / password will be sent out by the office.
Obviously there is no homework of any such this weekend. Just relax and enjoy it!
I look forward to seeing all the children on Monday and don't forget, they can come to school on Tuesday in their PE kit and Forest School is on Tuesday afternoon.
Have a very happy weekend.